Inflation and Stabilization in Albania
AbstractThis paper analyses the determinants of inflation in Albania during the transition period. We attempt to explain how albania has been so successful in reducing inflation to a level comparable to many countries in the European Union. We discuss the relative importance of monetary, fiscal, and external variables, and in particular, we highlight the role of remittances and private transfers by emigrants. Using vector autoregression analysis, we demonstrate how shocks to remittances affect the subsequent paths of inflation and the exchange rate. Our main conclusion is that, while there are important lessons from the Albanian experience for other ex-communist countries, the presence of large-scale emigration and huge remittance flows make Albania unique among European countries in transition, to the extent that these factors aided the anti-inflation programme.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Department of Economics, University of Kent in its series Studies in Economics with number 9613.
Date of creation: Sep 1996
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Publication status: Published in Post-Communist Economies, 1999, 11(1), pp.127-141
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- E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
- E63 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Comparative or Joint Analysis of Fiscal and Monetary Policy; Stabilization; Treasury Policy
- O52 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe
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